are you in favor of the automated election next year?

Philippines
October 15, 2009 11:46pm CST
Good governance is based on a relationship of trust between the government and its citizens. The instruments and mechanisms of such governance must also be trustworthy. In the development and application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for governance, citizens should play a proactive part to ensure that such technologies are designed to be effective and relevant. This idea of proactive participation is indeed a vital component in the drive towards good governance. In the case of the May 2010 election, will be the first automated election ever in the Philippines. However, a more pressing concern is, how reliable or trustworthy can the computerized (automated) election system be? With the tumultuous history of elections in the Philippines, many still view automated elections with contempt and lingering doubt. Given less than 8 months before the May 2010 elections, addressing these concerns seem to be a Herculean task. In my own point of view, I am against this automation in casting the votes because scams and frauds will also be automatic.
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8 responses
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
I am in favor of automated election for our country but not next year. I think we are not yet prepared for it in terms of technicality. It should planned very well before it will be implemented to our country because politicians are very clever just to cheat on the elections.There is still a lot to ironed out first. First the source code of the software has to be scrutinized and let every programmers find a hole on it and discuss what has to be done to circumvent the problem to think we a lot of good poll of programmers in our country. Automation should in my own opinion should implemented when the system is very well planned and should at least 3 to 5 years in the making that I could say mature enough to be implemented.The way I see it today for automated election it seems they are in a hurry I don't why maybe there have something in mind. That's all happy mylotting!!!!
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
that's right. the ones that will be serving in the election are not even prepared and there is no plans for training yet. i don't know how can these people man the machine when there is no advanced training.the election is just few months to go and im worried about that.
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
The question we really need to ask is "Are we ready to go automation for next years election". My answers is a straight "no". I personally didn't know how it is done. What else do the common uneducated "Juan dela Cruz" who doesn't know any of the computer stuffs? Also, are teachers (i supposed they're still the ones presiding the elections next years) have the proper training on the automation? They are very good and excellent in the long method but are they capable in the automated one? And how about cheating? As we doesn't know yet how it goes, cheating will be in tick of a finger. Just add 1 number in the total votes, then you have won the game. Its long overdue but still there are many things to ironed-out before we can call it fully automated. At least someone made a start. Lets just learn from the mistakes it will make during the actual voting. And in my opinion, "Damn, it will be the best election ever to cheat".
@rsa101 (29957)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
Well I think the manual counting system has been in place for so long already that it is long abused and misuse by many politicians. I guess automating it might make the count verified and the integrity is preserved because it is faster to transmit data. But with the recent news that there are jamming devices that came in the country. It could slow down or even stop them from sending data to comelec. So there seems to be another choking the system could make the election questionable already. I hope they could resolve this problem soon before the election day comes along.
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@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
Automated election is good since we will be able to know the results earlier. So if you ask me if I am in favor about automated election, certainly. But the problem with our country is that it is hard to trust anyone. In other words there is no guarantee that the results are not tampered. I think the best solution to all this things is to have an independent country handle our election system to have an unbiased result. I know that is quite impossible to have, but knowing our country and the people in the system, there will always be cheating regardless whether the election is computerized or not.
@mafi0831 (108)
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
I am in favor of automated election next year but i still have doubts that it will result to an honest election. but i think it can minimize the frauds, because after a couple of days there will be results already. Manipulation can be minimized but still it is not an assurance that it will be an honest election. sometimes, we are tired of fighting for the right. whatever system of election we have, i think it would be the same. the presidential candidates should not think for themselves. we should apply the system of USA wherein there will be only two candidates. as we can see right now, nobody would like to back out. even the opposition is not solid. there should only be one candidate for the opposition. they should be unified but that is impossible. They all want to be president. goodluck in our next year election.
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@shhheila (1846)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
me NO, even it is automated still cheaters are present... since i started going to high school, politics for me is boring because of the scams, cheating, flying voters, etc... sometimes killing the opponents, it makes me sick of it. automated? i heard that the government bought lots of computers years before but never used it ( it wont work anymore because its been stocked in rooms and never opened, due to water and dust its not working anymore, they should have donated it to schools before it gone out to waste, sometimes our govt is greedy to share it to their fellowmen...
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@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
Why not? other countries have tried and they've been successful in it. We can just copy their concept. We have been doing manual counting for so long and so far the sight is not good. As the saying goes... "if it ain't broke why fix it?"... Philippine elections are exactly the opposite. It's a sad fact that we have to rely on machines than in ourselves to come up with honest and clean elections. But no matter how automated we make our elections, people with no good intentions will always find a way to ruin it.
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@athomice (396)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
I'm in favor in automated elections. My only concerns are the machine and the hackers, they might grab the opportunity to earn millions, maybe billions. Why the machine? For me they shouldn't buy it, I think the best for our country is to rent it every election.Why? Computers easily outdated in a year or less, so buying that machine is simply a waste of money and be used for cheating in the next election. Unlike if we just rent it we only pay for the day we are going to use it and in the next election another bidding will occur and new bidders will join. It means that in every election there's a possible new updated machine and a new winning bidder. And this may prevent cheating because new face new machine and cheaper for the elections. Unlike the way they did it now, the next election (not 2010) will probably cause problem because the machine will not work properly because it was stock and didn't maintained well. Don't you think? Anyway, computer glitch can happen I just hope they are prepared for that. About the hackers...Filipinos are one of the best in the world, we already proved that. But because of proverty in our country these geniuses "might" (I hope not) grab the opportunity to have big money on their pocket. That's not impossible to happened, there are so many corrupt politician in this country and willing to pay BIG! I pray to God that he will intercede to these hackers before they accept that kind of offers. PEACE! God Bless!
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